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Facebook fined $6.1 million in South Korea for sharing user data without consent

The Korea Communications Commission kickstarted the investigation in 2018 before ultimately handing it off to the PIPC a few months ago.

According to Yonhap News, the PIPC determined that the social network shared the personal information of 3.3 million South Korean users (out of a total of 18 million) to other companies without consent from May 2012 to June 2018. The watchdog said Facebook shared people’s names, addresses, dates of birth, work experience, hometowns and relationship statuses with other companies when they logged in.

Source: Facebook fined $6.1 million in South Korea for sharing user data without consent | Engadget

‘Antiquated process’: UK data regulator on obtaining Cambridge Analytica warrant

The information commissioner has criticised the “antiquated process” that led to Facebook getting hold of Cambridge Analytica’s servers before the UK regulator itself, and renewed calls for an international approach to data privacy to tackle the emerging threat of data havens.

Elizabeth Denham, the information commissioner, spoke to Damian Collins MP, the former chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee, who led the parliamentary enquiry into disinformation, on his podcast Infotagion. She described discovering that Facebook was inside the offices of defunct electioneering consultancy Cambridge Analytica while in the middle of an interview with Channel 4’s Jon Snow.

Source: ‘Antiquated process’: data regulator on obtaining Cambridge Analytica warrant | Data protection | The Guardian

WhatsApp Ireland sets aside €77.5m for possible data compliance fines

The Irish arm of messaging platform WhatsApp recorded an €11.2 million loss last year after setting aside €77.5 million to cover possible fees linked to an investigation undertaken by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.

The Data Protection Commission investigation into WhatsApp examined its compliance with Articles 12 to 14 of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to transparency around what information is shared with Facebook.

Source: WhatsApp Ireland sets aside €77.5m for possible data compliance fines

Twitter could face its first GDPR penalty within days

European data protection regulators have inched toward an enforcement decision for a Twitter breach that the company publicly disclosed in 2019, after a majority of EU data supervisors agreed to back a draft settlement submitted earlier by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC).

Twitter disclosed the bug in its ‘Protect your tweets’ feature at the start of last year — saying at the time that some Android users who’d applied its setting to make their tweets non-public may have had their data exposed to the public Internet since as far back as 2014.

Source: Twitter could face its first GDPR penalty within days | TechCrunch

Google’s display advertising business is under antitrust probe in Italy

Italy’s competition authority has opened an antitrust investigation into Google’s display ad business — adding another allegation of abuse of a dominant position to the tech giant’s regulatory woes.

In a press release announcing the action the AGCM said it “questions the discriminatory use of the huge amount of data collected through its various applications, preventing rivals from competing effectively as well as adversely affecting consumers”.

The probe follows a complaint by local ad lobby group the IAB Italy, which says the investigation must be concluded by November 2021.

Source: Google’s display advertising business is under antitrust probe in Italy | TechCrunch

ICO probes Klarna after newsletter emailed to customers in error

Klarna, a Swedish provider of payment solutions, surprised some UK consumers this week when it mistakenly sent a marketing email to people who had not opted in to receive the weekly newsletter.

Klarna, a Swedish provider of payment solutions, mistakenly sent a marketing email to people who had not opted in to receive the weekly newsletter. And the ICO had received more than 90 complaints from members of the public.

Source: ICO probes Klarna after newsletter emailed to customers in error – PrivSec Report

The UK’s Department for Education ‘failed to protect children’s data’

A National Pupil Database held by the UK’s Department of Education had ‘no formal proactive oversight’ to protect children’s data, the Information Commissioner’s Office has found.

The ICO concluded in its compulsory audit this week that DfE had ‘no formal proactive oversight of any function of information governance’ relating to data for millions of children.

Source: The UK’s Department for Education ‘failed to protect children’s data’

Cambridge Analytica models were exaggerated and ineffective, ICO claims

The UK’s data regulator has ended its investigation into the infamous Cambridge Analytica scandal, declaring that the models and techniques used by the now-defunct data processing company were exaggerated and likely inaccurate.

Writing to the chair of parliament’s digital, culture, media and sport committee Julian Knight, the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has also reiterated that its ongoing investigation into data abuse rendered no further evidence to warrant any further action.

Source: Cambridge Analytica models were exaggerated and ineffective, ICO claims | IT PRO

Google, Dropbox and Apple accused of not clarifying terms and conditions of the consumers’ data in Italy

Apple, Google and Dropbox can be the center of the investigation carried out in Italy on cloud services. Complaints associated with terms and conditions about human data recorded.

As per an announcement made by the Italy competition authorities, it is said that they will be looking into the cloud storage services very soon. The cloud storage services will be from Apple, Dropbox and Google. Many types of complaints are registered against the companies.

Source: Google, Dropbox and Apple accused of not clarifying terms and conditions of the consumers’ data in Italy – Investor Telegraph

Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here’s Why

Requests are rising from law enforcement for information on the devices, which can include internet queries, food orders, and overheard conversations.

When police and prosecutors collect smart home or speaker data, it’s typically used as evidence against suspects. Smart home devices and wearables have a growing role in police investigations.

Full article: Police Want Your Smart Speaker—Here’s Why | WIRED

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